LOT Polish Airlines announces Washington DC as new long-haul destination
Effective June 2, LOT Polish Airlines will launch a new route from the Polish capital and Star Alliance hub Warsaw to Washington DC operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a 3-cabin configuration.
The new flight connects seamlessly with LOT Polish Airlines New Delhi – Warsaw service (all local times) on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
“A direct flight from Warsaw to Washington D.C. has long been on our ‘shortlist’. During extensive business analyses, we focussed not only on connecting the capitals of Poland and the United States but also on the tourist and business potential offered by this connection which has been growing year by year. Moreover, so far Central and Eastern Europe have lacked such a convenient connection to Washington DC. New long-haul flights to the USA are the backbone of our strategy and announcing the new connection to Washington now certainly is not our last word,” said Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.
Washington is home to the administrative and government units in the United States, as well as to many of the world’s largest companies. Moreover, the Washington catchment area is also an attractive tourist destination.
“Our decision to announce yet another connection to the U.S. this year was also influenced by the fact that on November 11, 2019, Poland joined the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). It is a great success of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, as well as Polish diplomacy and a milestone in Polish-American relationship. I am delighted that our social campaign ‘Let’s visit USA without visa’ that we initiated in 2018 has also contributed to this historic success. Now Poles can easily travel to the USA for tourist and business purposes without a visa. The new connection perfectly complements our North American network,” added Rafał Milczarski.
LOT operates over 120 routes around the world. In 2019, LOT carried 10 million passengers, one million more than in the previous year and as many as 5.7 million more than in 2015.
Passengers from India can seamlessly connect to the new Washington flight via Warsaw (transit times between 65 and 75 minutes depending on day or week).
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